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NIA raids in Pulwama, 4 held for allegedly harbouring Jaish militants

India’s National Investigation Agency on Monday conducted searches at seven locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and arrested four people for allegedly harboring militants of the Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

The case relates to the militant activities of the JeM in South Kashmir, during which two militants, including a Pakistani national, were slain in a gun battle at Chewa Kalan, Pulwama in March 11, a spokesperson of the NIA said.

The militants were identified as Aquib Mushtaq Bhat of Pulwama and Kamal Bhai of Pakistan, he said.

The case, registered in Pulwama, was taken over by the NIA on April 8.

During the searches, a large quantity of incriminating material was seized, the NIA said.

Based on these searches, four accused — Sahil Ahmed Khan, Jahangir Ahmed Dar, Shahid Ahmed Shergojri, and Inayat Gulzar Bhat – all from Pulwama, have been arrested, the spokesperson said.

The four accused had harbored JeM militants active in South Kashmir and arranged transportation and logistics for them, he said.

They are also involved in motivating youth to join militant groups, the NIA said, adding that further investigation in the case continues.

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